‘We can do this’: Big ideas from the Crosscut Ideas Festival

Michael Cohen was another speaker with an idea for preserving American democracy: make sure his former boss never sees the inside of the White House again. A former lawyer for Donald Trump, Cohen went to prison for the work he did for the former president. 

Cohen acknowledges that he encouraged Trump to run the first time, but “I never thought he would become the worst version of himself imaginable. I thought he would elevate himself to the job of president, not debase it.”

Since getting out of prison, Cohen says he has offered his marketing expertise to the Democratic party and the Lincoln Project, but no one has accepted his

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